As you might have noticed, I post rather erratically and infrequently. There’s a lot of reasons why, but the main reason why is that writing is hard. Behind the scenes, I often spend 40+ hours on some of my blogposts between idea generation, data cleaning, learning about the topic, analysis, and writing. Even worse, frequently I spend a lot of time on an idea and find that my results aren’t worth writing about (uninteresting results, messy data etc.). I’ve currently got a “Blog” folder on my computer with dozens of folders with ideas with input data and code analyzing said data, but only around 10 published blogposts to show for it.
This is a hobby that I do for fun, but I would still like to see the blog grow (and it kind of has), and I recognize that’s probably not going to happen without some consistency in posts. Some of the more successful bloggers I know blog far more frequently (I’m talking weekly), but that isn’t exactly a pace I can sustain with the content I try to output. So I guess the purpose of this post is to
- Apologize about the infrequency of the posts
- Poll my readers to see how I should conduct the blog moving forward
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